Corbett Activates State Emergency Operations Center Ahead of Major Winter Storm
Tom Corbett today ordered the activation of the State Emergency Operations
Center (SEOC) in anticipation of a significant winter storm that is projected
to bring as much as a foot or more of heavy snow to parts of eastern
move allows specially-trained staff from multiple state agencies to maintain an
accurate awareness of the storm’s status and impact, and it enables the state
to more quickly respond to requests for assistance as they come in from county
emergency management leaders.
storm is forecast to have a significant impact on a large part of the state,”
Corbett said. “To ensure that the commonwealth can respond quickly, I am
ordering the activation of the SEOC at 8 p.m. this evening. By increasing our
staffing levels early we can ensure that we have the resources necessary to
best support the needs of our citizens.
urge those in the storm’s path to make sure they are prepared if they lose
power,” Corbett said. “We have been working closely with the PUC and utility
companies to ensure they are ready and have the recourses that they need.”
SEOC is located at the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency headquarters
outside Harrisburg. It will initially be staffed with personnel from 15 state
agencies, including the PA State Police, PA National Guard, PA Turnpike and PennDOT
at 8 p.m.
will be joined by staff from the Public Utility Commission, Fish and Boat and
Game commissions, Office of Administration and departments of Agriculture,
Public Welfare, Environmental Protection, Conservation and Natural Resources,
Labor and Industry, General Services, Education and Health, Aging, and the American
Red Cross at 10 p.m.
are urged to pay attention to local forecasts, avoid unnecessary travel and
ensure they are prepared with home and vehicle emergency kits. Free,
downloadable kit checklists are available online at www.ReadyPA.org.
Chizmar, Governor’s Office: 717-783-1116
Angell, PEMA: 717-651-2169